Bosch radar warns riders of traffic

Bosch radar warns riders of traffic autonomous

South Australian company Cohda Wireless has partnered with Ducati and Bosch to develop radar technology that warns riders of nearby traffic before they can see it.

The technology uses public WLAN standard (ITS G5) and was initially developed for use in driverless cars.

Cohda Wireless technology has been trialled on the closed Southern Expressway on the outskirts of Adelaide, but the trials will soon be extended to the CBD and urban roads.

Last year, South Australia became the first state in the country to introduce laws allowing for trials of driverless cars on open public roads.

The radar sends information about vehicle type, speed, position and direction of travel at 10 times per second and uses “multi-hopping” to relay information up to several hundred metres.

Riders will see the information as a 3D map on a screen and receive an audible alert via Bluetooth that warns of approaching vehicles.

Bosch plans to introduce the technology in Ducati motorcycles, along with other technologies such as blind spot alert and hill hold control.

Bosch hill hold and blind spot alert - Bosch radar warns riders of traffic
Hill hold assist

However, the radar technology could also be retrofitted to any car or motorcycle.

Production of the technology is being driven by a proposed mandate from the United States Department of Transportation requiring all new vehicles have vehicle-to-vehicle radars installed.

Bosch claims the radar system could prevent nearly one-third of all motorcycle accidents.

Board member Dirk Hoheisel says inter-vehicle communication takes road safety to the next level.

“We let motorcycles and cars talk to each other, creating a digital protective shield for riders,” he said.

Cohda Wireless Managing Director Paul Gray says vehicle safety technology has reached the limits of minimising harm during an accident.

“Now it is about avoiding the accidents before they even happen,” he says.

“If a motorcyclist is riding down the street, they will be alerted when a car turning on to the same road creates an opportunity for an accident. This can also happen when the car moving on to the road is not visible to the rider.

“The radar will also alert drivers who are changing lanes if someone is in their blind spot, which is quite an issue for motorcyclists.”

He says the technology will eventually be in every autonomous car as well.

6 Comments

  1. Just another gimmick to spoil distracted drivers, a better solution would be to get off the gadgets and pay attention to the darn road.

  2. If it weren’t for real, it would seem a bit far fetched. The only two practical uses I can envision this for is off road rally drivers..alerting of obstacles, but then, it would need to be way more sophisticated and the second use would be the ability to solely single out the oncoming blue &red flashing light taxis. Otherwise, a bit of a fizzer I’d say.

  3. Another solution in search of a problem. I can see two flaws:

    This would only be of any use when approaching a blind corner (such as in the illustration) BUT the very last thing any rider wants to be doing is looking down at a screen in the approach to a blind corner!

    Unless either the rider or the oncoming vehicle is going to be on the wrong side of the road, there is almost no benefit to be obtained in exchange for such a major distraction.

    Is it going to be so sophisticated to be able to warn the rider that the oncoming car is going so fast he cannot make it around the corner safely? I doubt it. But if it could then an audible alert is all that is needed.

  4. Do they also provide a “digital protective shield” for the rider to protect him from the harmful effects of Bluetooth and other microwave transmissions?

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